I have just arrived home after my trip to Australia. The last part was spent in Melbourne that is known for having four seasons in the one day, bit like Edinburgh. It was pretty cool after the heat of Adelaide.
Went to two big comedy galas being filmed for television. Adam Hills compered the second and did a brilliant job. He has come a long way from the days when he performed at the Gilded Balloon to four people. Each gala had 24 acts, which meant they were pretty long shows.
I have managed to gather around half a dozen shows on my trip, which has made it very worthwhile. Not sure if I have found the next Tim Minchin, though I saw a girl called Gillian Cosgriff, who plays the piano and sings witty songs, with a lovely voice. Still a very new talent, but with great potential, we will see how she fares.
Another really good show I saw is Trash Test Dummies, which is a brilliant kids and family show.
They perform their show with four wheely bins, very fast and furious. I will have to source the wheely bins for them - hope I can get them from the council.
Towards the end of my time in Melbourne I went to a reception for Joel Creasy, who is a popular comic in Australia who has just come out of the show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’, which is filmed in the African jungle.
It was quite an eye opener to see the mini celebrities that joined Joel in the jungle. I think the UK contenders have it easy.
There were other comedians there, Stephen K Amos and Jeff Green, who moved to Australia about ten years ago. Also Jim Jeffries, who is touring Australia at the moment and like so many comedians that have become big, is performing in stadiums now.
He moved to Los Angeles a few years ago and proudly showed photos of his little son. So sweet how these hard-nosed, swearing comics love showing off their little miracles.